Winton Woods City Schools Football Team Gives Electrifying Performance, Wins Division II State Title


On Thursday, December 4, Winton Woods City Schools took home the Ohio Division II State Championship title over Archbishop Hoban with a final score of 21-10 in Canton, Ohio. It is their second state champion title since 2009. This was the first season with Chad Murray as head coach along with Carlton Gray, the new defensive coordinator, and Greg Forest, offensive coordinator, who were hired this past spring. Coach Murray brought a decorated background of football regional and sectional title wins already under his belt, and now can add state championship to that list - an honor only seven football coaches in Ohio get to experience each year. 


“It is surreal,” he said. “I could not be happier for these young men. So thankful they got a state championship, and that they reached the ultimate goal for a high school football player. Just to be a part of that this season is a special thing. This has been a great place for football for a long time, and I think this solidifies that it is going to continue to be. I am blessed to be a small piece of it.” Winton Woods senior Tyrek Spikes, senior quarterback Austin Ellery, and junior KC Spears each scored touchdowns. The Winton Woods defensive line was crucial to their success over the Knights, not allowing them to get any meaningful yards. 


Coach Murphy thanked Superintendent Anthony G. Smith, Athletic Director David Lumpion, High School Principal Eric Martin, the Board of Education for the opportunity to coach these young men, and the community for the support. “Our Warrior Nation has kept us going,” he said. “At the game, it was an unbelievable atmosphere - from our band to the cheerleaders and the crowd. You couldn’t have written a better story.” Winton Woods community partners including the Village of Greenhills, the City of Forest Park, Skyline Chili, McDonald’s, Park Place and Frisch’s shared congratulatory words on signs and marquees outside their businesses. Thanks to state representative Jessica Miranda the team was honored at the State General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, December 8. They were celebrated in the Forest Park Holiday Parade on Saturday and recognized at the Bengals game on Sunday. 


In addition to this season’s accomplishments, football players with a 3.5 GPA were Landen Anderson, TJ Buckman, Gary Dorsey Jr., Camden Fuller, Jaylen Gooding, Lorenzo Hudson, Cameron Jackson, Daelyn Jarman, Quentin Jenkins Jr., Henry Johnson Jr., Valdez Kankeu, Delan Massey-Wright, James Minor III, Khalil Olinger, Tyrek Spikes, Antonio Turner Jr. The Division II football All-Ohio team and The Cincinnati Enquirer announced at least half a dozen of Winton Woods Warriors on their rosters, including defensive player of the year Jay’ron Gibson.





PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools varsity football team are the Division II football state champions. Photo by Drew Jackson.


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